A large number of .EUs registered by a single owner have been blocked by EURid. The European registry has doubts over the owner's eligibility as a European citizen.
The name sounds distinctively Chinese. But that doesn't mean Zheng Qingyin isn't entitled to the 10,000 plus .EU domains she has already registered. Indeed, a quick search for her on Google returns an English phone number…
But .EU registry EURid isn't buying it. "It's common knowledge that anyone from anywhere in the world can get an English phone number," EURid insiders told DomainsInfo.eu.
European Commission rules clearly state that only those based in Europe can get a .EU name. If they are broken, EURid has the right to block or even cancel the offending names.
In the case of Zheng Qingyin (our command of the Chinese language not being perfect, we learned that this registrant is a women from EURid), over the past months there have been regular registrations of names as varied as family names, business names and generic terms. All of them done through Chinese .EU registrars.
Registrations which have in several cases given rise to complaints by people with prior rights on some of the names held by Zheng Qingyin.
Having learned of the complaints, EURid reacted by asking the registrant for proof of European citizenship.
Although the documents received did show an address in the UK, EURid remained dubious. Unable to verify the registrant's .EU eligibility and fearsome that the names might be transferred or otherwise "manipulated" to make them more difficult to trace, EURid opted to block them.
Will the names be released?
Rather than take the extreme measure of deleting the names outright, EURid then turned to the courts, asking for clarification of the registrant's .EU eligibility.
Zheng Qingyin responded by asking the courts to force EURid to lift the block on her names.
This legal stalemate should end in September, when the courts are sceduled to decide on the outcome. If EURid wins, the names may then very well be deleted and become available for registration once more.